Perfecting your makeup look is an art, but it comes down to more than just having skill with an eyeliner pencil. There are a few important tools you need to have in hand that will help you out along the way to perfection.

Here are a few beauty products and tools you need to be using if you aren’t yet.

Great Makeup Brushes

An artist is only as good as his tools, right? We know that isn’t a saying, but when it comes to your makeup look, it’s pretty close to the truth. Investing in great quality brushes can really make the world of difference when it comes to applying your product smoothly and evenly.

Some tools you’ll need are a pack of beauty blenders (wash them regularly), a brilliant kabuki brush for cream products, a dense powder brush, and an angled brush for contouring and highlighter. Investing in higher quality products will not only improve your look, but they’ll last longer too.


If you’re not exfoliating regularly, you’re simply begging for bumps and dry patches on your otherwise flawless skin. Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells and even up the surface of your skin, so you get a nice and even application of your product.

You could grab an exfoliating mask, a scrub or an exfoliating brush or pad, if that’s more up your alley. Remember to exfoliate gently and not more than twice a week to avoid damaging your skin.


One aspect of a skincare routine that many people tend to skip is using a toner. Toners should be used after your cleanse and before you moisturise, and serve the purpose of getting rid of any extra dirt or oil that might be leftover on your skin, making it smooth and even before applying your other products.

Some toners also have other benefits, such as evening out your skin tone, minimising your pores and tightening your skin. All these will help your makeup products to sit exactly where you want them to on your face. Thank you, toner!

Primers And Setting Sprays

Prepping your face before you apply your makeup is more important than you realise. A good primer will help all of your product to cling to your face and prevent it from sliding or melting off during the day.

A good powder or setting spray will do the rest of the job. Sandwiching your product in between a primer and a setter will help your look last all day long without moving or starting to look cakey by 3 PM. Once again, investing in quality when it comes to these products can make the world of difference.

Universal Lip Liner

Nobody needs to own a lip liner to match every single colour of lipstick they own. A transparent universal liner will help to prevent feathering and keep your product on your lips for hours on end, and you won’t have to match it to your lipstick. As a bonus, these kinds of products help to keep your lips moisturised under your product too!

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So you just woke up 10 minutes before your Zoom meeting and you’re looking for an effortless yet presentable hair look. Enter the messy bun – the timeless classic hairstyle for the girl who’s booked and busy that also doubles as the perfect work from home hairstyle.

What began as a quick-fix hairstyle for days when your alarm clock went off late has also become a high-fashion staple that decorates the heads of A-list celebrities at red carpet events. A cursory Google search yields hundreds of thousands of Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube tutorials on how to achieve this seemingly effortless, yet intricate look. Celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen described the messy bun as “one of those Coachella kind of things. Kind of like no-makeup makeup.”

From top-knots to low buns and everything in between, here are our favorite messy bun looks to add to your remote work repertoire.

25 messy bun hairstyles

The Classic Top-Knot Bun

Actress and singer Zendaya donned this unforgettable messy top-knot bun at the 2016 Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Sports Awards. The ‘Euphoria’ star’s ethereal baby hairs decorate the perimeter of her hairline like a halo. The most iconic bun looks are the ones that make you wonder if they took 10 minutes or 10 hours to craft.

The Face Framing Bun

Singer Ciara looked immaculate sporting this wavy messy bun look at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscars Party. The ‘Level Up’ singer’s face-framing waves contour her prominent cheekbones. We love her cushiony messy bun for sweater weather days when you’re cozied up by the fireplace with a cup of Matcha. For extra volume, clip in our seamless hair extensions when recreating this look.

The Royal & Relatable Bun

Meghan Markle’s messy low buns captured several headlines with many fawning over her relatable yet royal hair looks. Meghan’s signature messy bun compliments her everyday no-makeup makeup beauty. We love her carefully parted side swept swoosh as it highlights her beautiful side profile. 

The Festive Bun

Live out the festival season we all missed out on this year with this 10-minute braided messy bun. This Bohemian-inspired hair look gives ‘business in the front, party in the back’ vibes. The carefully pulled out flyaways and face-framing strands are the cherry on top of this messy-chic top-knot bun. 

The Pineapple Bun

We are obsessed with this curly pineapple messy bun look. This look is perfect for girls with Type 3A-3C hair on-the go. We especially love model Brianna Gabriela’s dark roots contrasting against her cool-toned coily locks and fluffy bangs.

The Braided Bun

One of the many things we love about braided protective styles is their versatility. These gorgeous Senagalese twists look equally as snatched pulled up into a messy bun as they do when they’re long and running down your back. 

The Bold Bun

Why play it safe when you can transform your hair into a work of art? This bold bun look donned by actress Justine Skye is perfect for those who want to rock high fashion editorial hair looks. We love everything from the thick single part leave out to the perfectly laid baby hairs in this messy bun look.

The Wispy Bun

Actress Emma Stone looks absolutely whimsical in this wispy messy bun. We are absolutely living for the tiny little pieces of hair decorating the back of Emma’s neck and how intricately pulled and crafted her bun lay upon her head.

The Barrette Bun

Dress up your messy bun by adorning it with barrettes. We love the barrette bun for lazy days when you throw your hair up and want to make it look like you tried harder than you actually did. Slip on Luxy’s Tortoiseshell Hair Clips to add that extra flare to your messy bun.

The Half Up, Half Down Bun

Actress Leigh-Ann Pinnock absolutely slayed the half up, half down messy bun at this year’s MTV European Music Awards. Not only does the half up, half down messy bun look amazing on ladies with locks, but it also looks stunning with wavy, curly and straight hairstyles. 

The Highlight Bun

If you have highlighted or balayage hair, this messy low bun is the perfect way to showcase the nuances of your hair tones. The messy bun melts all of the chocolate tones into the caramelized tones on this model’s hair.

The Bridal Bun

The bridal bun is equal parts soft, refined and messy. This bride to-be’s soft waves billow like an ocean tide.

The Space Bun

Why have one messy bun when you can have two? These Princess Leia-inspired buns are the ultimate dynamic duo of the messy bun look. In her ‘Hair in A Hurry’ Instagram post, celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin explains how you can achieve this look with just one hair tie and a few french hairpins.

The Subtle Bun

For days when you want to keep your top knot bun looking a little bit refined with a hint of messy, the subtle messy bun is exactly what you need. Actress Shay Mitchell looked absolutely breathtaking at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in this strapless Labourjoisie gown and subtle top knot bun.

The Vertical Double Bun

We love this sultry vertically stacked double messy bun Actress Katherine Langford sported to the 2018 Teen Choice Awards. If you squint, you can see the tiny bow placed in the top bun which compliments her classic lace dress. This edgy yet simple look was crafted by celebrity hairstylist Jenny Cho.

The Bantu Bun

Model Chloe Hall’s Bantu Knot buns decorate her head like little crowns. From the blunt cut ends to the loosely twisted knots, to the placement of each individual bun on her head, this is yet another braided protective style we are obsessing over.

The Victorian Bun

We love this Victorian messy bun look actress Lily Collins is sporting. This minimalistic up-do makes us feel like we woke up in the 19th century. Those delicate little flyaways are the stars of this look for us.

The Chignon Bun

The chignon is a carefully knotted bun that elicits class and femininity. Celebrity hair stylist Marc Mena created this elegant yet effortless look for actress Chrissie Metz for the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The Bang Bun

There’s something about bangs with messy buns that give us retro 1960’s chic vibes. Actress Bryce Dallas Howard looks ravishing with her warm red locks and this tiny yet mighty messy bun.

The Baby Hair Bun

Rapper Saweetie came to serve at the 2020 Grammy Awards. We love when baby hairs not only accessorize, but share the spotlight with a messy bun. We love the abstract shape of this messy bun and the rainbow-coloured bobby pins that are perfectly situated at the back of her head.

The Ponytail Bun

On days when you can’t decide if you want to sport a messy bun or a ponytail, why not choose both? Scarlett Johansson’s golden tresses are absolutely to die for in this ponytail bun look at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards. The award for most outstanding ponytail bun goes to ScarJo. 

The Kinky Bun

Actress Lupita N’Yongo’s beautiful tightly coiled Type 4C kinky hair looks absolutely breathtaking in this look. The texture, volume and shape of this messy bun scream haute couture.

The Cascading Curly Bun

The R&B sister sensations Chloe x Halle rocked this stunning set of cascading curly braided messy buns at the 2020 People’s Choice Awards. 

The Bow Tie Bun

This bow-tie bun is perfect for those with thick hair who want to throw some fun in their messy bun. Need some clip in hair extensions to zhuzh up this look?  Clip in our Volumizer Wefts upside down for an extra voluminous bow tie bun.

The Colorful Bun

Pastel colors look especially accentuated in messy top-knot buns. Model Hailey Bieber looked pretty in pastel pink in this red carpet look.

Written by Ashley Inkumsah

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